French film on illegal abortion in the 1960s wins top prize at Venice festival

Happening (L’événement), a hard-hitting French drama about illegal abortion in the 1960s, won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice festival on Saturday.The film, by director Audrey Diwan, wowed viewers on the Lido waterfront with its portrayal of a young woman desperate to arrange a termination, at a time when it could mean a prison term or death, to continue with her studies.The film is set in France in 1963 but its central theme is as relevant today as it was then, a visibly…

French film on illegal abortion in the 1960s wins top prize at Venice festival
Happening (L’événement), a hard-hitting French drama about illegal abortion in the 1960s, won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice festival on Saturday.The film, by director Audrey Diwan, wowed viewers on the Lido waterfront with its portrayal of a young woman desperate to arrange a termination, at a time when it could mean a prison term or death, to continue with her studies.The film is set in France in 1963 but its central theme is as relevant today as it was then, a visibly…